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Discussion in 'Getting Started in Conformation' started by corbinam, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Cara Sandler

    Cara Sandler Forums Enthusiast

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    Oh, I don't know. I think ALL shelties are perfect :)
     
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  2. ghggp

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    ... and that is the reason I could never do confirmation! I believe the same! :):ROFLMAO:;)
     
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  3. Hanne

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    I agree with a lot of you - that´s also why i like this statement from Ann :wink2:
     
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  4. Ann

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    Thanks, Hanne. I should add they may be show failures but I wouldn't give up a single one of them...each and every one is a precious family member. That also makes me an epic failure at being a "serious" show person! :cool1:
     
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  5. corbinam

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    Went and spent some time at a (somewhat) local show a few weeks ago. Chatted with some well-known people in our breed so they know I’m serious about learning. It was amazing! So many tidbits just in a few hours’ time!

    Elise was a good girl and didn’t seem to mind the environment.

    She’s 15 weeks and 11” tall. Still hearing that she won’t make size, but her breeder thinks she will.

    We had our first conformation class and she was a star! The class was great but it was crowded and the teacher sort of expected us to know what we were doing. I have no idea how, but Elise absolutely knew. I really hope it works out because she was a natural!!
     

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  6. Piper's mom

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    That's wonderful that she did so well at class! She looks great, so pretty!
    I haven't had a lot time to work with Finnie...what with Piper's obedience training, the yard and work...not enough hours in the day!
    I take Finnie to the breeder on Sunday (she's lending me a larger crate) and we're going to measure him (I'm guessing he's close to 12" and around 11 1/2 pounds). He's definitely got a lot of attitude (and a real barker, nothing like Piper at that age) so he's going to be a handful lol.
     
  7. Chris

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    A few years back, I took the George Alston handling seminar -- two days of one of the top handlers picking me to pieces! The most important things I learned were:
    1. The entire time in the ring, keep one eye on your dog and one on the judge. Don't be the person talking with others while showing -- your dog will know she's not your main focus.
    2. Don't drape the leash over your neck when your dog is on the table. Learn to fold it into your palm quickly with one hand.
    3. George said never to use bait. He taught us to show without it, and it was amazing how well it worked. Looked impressive, too.

    I like to watch Greg Speeks show. His intense focus on his dog is phenomenal -- like a silent, secret, laser-like communication. When someone talks to him in the ring (ringside observer or fellow competitor), he glances up and smiles politely, then goes right back to silently communicating with his Sheltie.
     
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